Government Issues CBC Building Demolition Tender

Tuesday January 21, 2020

The province is making way for construction of a new outpatient centre on the Halifax Infirmary site of the QEll Health Sciences Centre, that will see more than 700,000 visits a year.

A tender to demolish the former CBC building on Bell Road was issued today, Jan. 21, as part of the QEll New Generation project.

“The expansion of the Halifax Infirmary site is the heart of the QEII redevelopment,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines. “Removing the former CBC building is an important step to make way for a new health care facility that will serve hundreds of thousands of Nova Scotians each year.”

Most of the services at the new outpatient centre are currently offered at the Victoria General (VG) site of the QEll and do not require an overnight stay in hospital.  The new centre will allow for the services to be offered in one location.  They include:

  • dialysis
  • diagnostic imaging (X-rays, ultrasounds and CT scan)
  • QEII eye care centre
  • heart health clinics and cardiology services such as stress testing and electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • endoscopy, ear, nose and throat procedures
  • blood transfusions and drug therapy
  • orthopedics, plastic surgery, urology and oral surgery clinics

Along with the new outpatient centre, the Halifax Infirmary expansion also includes a new cancer centre, inpatient centre (operating rooms and hospital beds) and a new research, innovation and learning centre.

This work will allow services to be moved out of the aging Centennial, Victoria and Dickson buildings on the Victoria General site, supporting their eventual closure.

The tender closes Feb. 6.

“This is another significant step in moving the redevelopment project forward. Each step gets us closer to improving and creating new care spaces for our patients that are not only better equipped, but reflect a new generation of health care.”
     -- Dr. Alex Mitchell, acting vice-president clinical infrastructure, QEII New Generation Project

Quick Facts:

  • the province purchased the former CBC building in November 2017
  • QEII New Generation project team and DHX will continue to use the former CBC Building until the end of March
  • it is a once-in-a-generation project that will transform how we deliver health care to Nova Scotians
  • other components of the project include the expansion and renovations at Dartmouth General Hospital, a new Community Outpatient Centre in Bayers Lake and a new and renovated operating room at the Hants Community Hospital